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"We would have had millions of dollars in upfront cost but it would have generated about 160 thousand dollars a year in return," Augusta Environmental Services Director Mark Johnson said.
Tybee’s turbine is gone with the wind. A new analysis of installing and operating a donated wind turbine on Tybee indicates it wouldn’t be as beneficial as first described.
Others like Mayor Jason Buelterman are more cautious. “I don’t really know enough about the proposal,” he said. “I want to get more information. That’s all it is right now, a proposal in its infancy. Paul is bringing it to everyone’s attention.” Council member Wanda Doyle is in a wait-and-see mode, too.
"So many people I think are apprehensive about wind turbines because there's been a lot of negative press about avian mortality and about how it's not a consistent energy generator," said Paul Wolff, a Tybee council member. "I want people to come and ask questions.
Opposition to a wind turbine farm on Lookout Mountain grows. A group against the project collected hundreds of signatures. And at least one Walker County leader doesn't think it's such a good idea.
Members of the Lookout Mountain Wind Project Task Force (LMWPTF) have presented 549 signed petitions in opposition of the potential development of an Industrial Scale Wind Turbine Farm on Lookout Mountain by Iberdrola Renewables.
Jason Winters, Chattooga County commissioner, who with Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell had a first telephone conversation with Iberdrola officials Friday, said he thinks the Spanish company is re-evaluating its plan and never understood the demographics of the mountain brow.
A power company is eyeing portions of Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia as a possible location for wind turbines, something that some area residents say they don't want.
State officials say they're hesitant to join other Atlantic states in a new offshore wind development consortium because they're unsure of the potential costs or obligations in the future. Besides that, they say other renewable energy sources -- such as biomass or solar -- offer better potential.
"It's unattractive and it's a nuisance," said Scott Herzinger, whose home is three doors down. Mann "invaded the public view ... when he put that tower up." ...opponents claim Mann's wind turbine needlessly threatens neighborhood property values because Atlanta's low winds don't produce enough speed to make the device worthwhile.
Six of the nation's 10 largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions are coal-fired power plants in the South, but year after year Southern lawmakers balk at pushing utilities toward cleaner renewable energy. Last month, Republican senators from the South provided about half the votes that defeated federal legislation to require power companies to get 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Nationally, almost half the states have adopted their own renewable mandates, but only one, Texas, is in the South. Southern lawmakers -- responding to heavy lobbying from local utilities -- argue their region isn't conducive to solar or wind power like the sun-baked Southwest or the open plains of the West.
WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Multiple reports and studies, especially those published in the last year, suggest the United States, specifically the East Coast, has great potential for offshore wind. The politicized debate over whether to develop wind power offshore has dragged on since the late 1990s, when the first project was proposed in Cape Cod, Mass., off the Nantucket Sound. Since then there have been several other proposals, none of which has been completely approved.
ATLANTA, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southern Company said today that a thorough two-year study conducted with the Georgia Institute of Technology has identified several conditions potentially favorable for wind power generation off the coast of Georgia, but that high costs and regulatory issues still need to be resolved.
Curt and Christine Mann are renovating their Grant Park house to make it green to the nth degree. They're recycling wood, installing airtight foam insulation and solar lighting, and capturing gray water to flush toilets. But what sets the Manns apart from other enviro-conscious families is their plan to install a device not seen in any other Atlanta neighborhood - a 45-foot wind turbine. When the turbine's three 6-foot blades spin, electricity will be generated to help power the home. The Manns say the planned wind tower in their yard shows a commitment to rely less on fossil fuels and help curb global warming. "We're just trying to walk the talk," Christine Mann said. They're also testing the limits of green tolerance in Grant Park, a historic neighborhood near Turner Field and Oakland Cemetery that's considered liberal and environmentally aware. Opponents say the tower, which received a permit from the city, will be nothing more than a giant yard ornament on a street where old houses have been lovingly preserved.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for wind power off the Georgia coast. Georgia Tech and Southern Co. have been looking into a possible wind project, but increasing costs for the turbines along with a stalled regulatory process make it an unlikely prospect for the near future, said William Bulpitt, senior research engineer with Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Initiative. “The main stumbling block is economics,” he said. “The price of steel and copper have gone up dramatically.”
The yearlong data collection is finished in a wind-power viability study in Floyd County, but analysis of the results will take several weeks. Green Power EMC, a joint effort by 17 of the state’s electric cooperatives, set up an assessment tower in summer 2005 atop Oglethorpe Power’s Rocky Mountain Hydroelectric Plant, off Big Texas Valley Road. The 200-foot tower — a pole with wind-measuring equipment, a thermometer and other recording devices — recently finished collecting data about wind speed and direction.
Bulpitt said preliminary results at the research platforms off the Georgia coast are showing average wind speeds of 16 miles an hour.
But initial results from the first two months of the study are showing the area has slow wind speeds of 6 to 10 mph.